Technology News

  • Tumblr moves toward a more inclusive experience

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Feb 1, 2019 | 13:02 pm

    The microblogging and social media site recently unveiled its new design, which sources say was inspired by a desire to align as closely as possible to the W3C WAI. To the sighted, the most obvious change is a greater color contrast in the updated design. Appropriate contrast ratios are a crucial part of an inclusive design, as many visually impaired people find it difficult to distinguish elements on a low-contrast page. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, Web Design, Web Standards

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  • McDonald’s in Israel just became a lot more inclusive

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Jan 29, 2019 | 13:11 pm

    Navigating a crowded fast food establishment can sometimes be a struggle for those with perfect vision, but for visually impaired people it can be downright daunting to attempt on their own. Author: Mark Miller | Tags:

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  • There are no pressures to go to happy hour at this office

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Jan 21, 2019 | 13:43 pm

    Auticon, a small California-based technology firm, is staffed entirely by people with autism. It was started by Gray Benoist, the father of two sons with autism after he became concerned about their potential job opportunities. “I felt that the gap had to be filled and there was no other way to fill it than by taking action myself,” said Benoist of his decision. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Assistive Technology, Benefits of Accessibility, Industry News

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  • IAP 2019-E1: Interview with Daniel Castro the VP of ITIF

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Jan 13, 2019 | 17:51 pm

    IAP 2019-E1: Interview with Daniel Castro the VP of ITIF In this episode:Mark and Derek interview Daniel Castro, VP of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Earlier this year ITIF published a report benchmarking federal and government sites on eight factors including accessibility, security, and mobile friendliness, among others. All three discuss the results of the study as well as reasons for the wide variabilities between the state ratings. The podcast concludes with Daniel’s broad recommendation to states for improving the accessibility of their websites. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: IAP Podcasts, Industry News, What is Web Accessibility

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  • Florida beach festival seeks to shatter misconceptions about people with disabilities

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Jan 4, 2019 | 14:14 pm

    South Beach Jazz Festival founder R. David New was sick of the stigma surrounding people with disabilities, especially in the performing arts, so he decided to do something about it. Thus, the South Beach Jazz Festival was born. All groups must have at least one person with a direct relationship with a disability, be it physical, mental, or even an illness. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, People with Disabilities

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  • The travels of the “human backpack”

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 18, 2018 | 13:37 pm

    Kevan Chandler loves traveling but his spinal muscular atrophy makes it difficult: he has never been able to walk on his own and all too many destinations around the world are not wheelchair-friendly. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Assistive Technology, Industry News, Mobility Impairments

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  • British protesters rail against poor train accessibility

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 6, 2018 | 13:33 pm

    According to the charity Leonard Cheshire, over 1,000 railway stations in Britain––more than 40% of the total in existence––are inaccessible to people with disabilities. In addition to this shameful figure, even determining whether the station is accessible or not is hard, which makes planning traveling extremely frustrating for those with disabilities. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, People with Disabilities

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  • Breda, Netherlands wins Europe’s 2019 Access City Award

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 5, 2018 | 13:33 pm

    Breda beat out 51 other cities other cities for this coveted award, such as Évreux, France, (which chose to focus on supporting invisible disabilities) and Gydnia, Poland, which was lauded for its efforts towards including people with intellectual disabilities. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, People with Disabilities

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